“Have All Beautiful Things Sad Destinies?”: Fate and History in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea

By Allyson Vaughan “Have all beautiful things sad destinies?” says the young man who many readers would better know as Mr. Rochester, the older, crass Byronic hero of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The young man here proves that destinies are sometimes of man’s making in Jean Rhys’s novel Wide Sargasso Sea. But this isn’t about Rochester. … Continue reading